Hours before citizens and the city council on Feb. 12 weighed in against what was widely perceived as a proposal by the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce to relocate the upcoming 2024 New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival from downtown Laconia to The Weirs, Paul Fitzgerald applied for the festival’s tradename.

On the same day, Fitzgerald also filed applications with the New Hampshire Secretary of State’s Office for the tradenames “Laconia Pumpkin Festival,” “Lakes Region Pumpkin Festival” and “Weirs Beach Pumpkin Festival.”